New tires can make a massive difference in the performance of your vehicle. From a contributing editor at The Drive.
When the seasons change, it’s time to take a look at your tires. After all, they are the only things on your vehicle that touch the road, and they need specific attention, especially once you've owned your vehicle for a few years. But there are many types of tires, each designed for a different purpose. How do you know which works best for you, your vehicle and your specific needs? Read on for a simple guide to tire types, and learn why eBay Motors is the best destination for all of your tire essentials.
If you live in a region with harsh winters, this is the perfect time for you to swap out the tires on your vehicle. Winter tires utilize a rubber compound better suited to cold temperatures, as well as tread patterns designed to maximize traction on snow, slush and, to some extent, ice. It’s not a good idea to keep winter tires on your vehicle year round, however, because the softer rubber may give you better traction in winter mess but will wear out much faster during hot summer months. If you have the space and the know-how, keeping a separate set of wheels shod with snow tires is a good way to minimize the expense of getting tires installed each season—and eBay Motors offers free shipping on the majority of tires, which makes the process even easier. DIYers can rotate their specially fitted snow wheels on and off the car, and everyone else can bring them to a professional tire installer for rotation.
These tires are great for the driver who doesn’t want to wait for the weather to clear up before hitting the road. All-weather tires will keep you going in climates that fluctuate between downpours, blizzards and heat waves. All-season tires are built to handle less extreme weather, but can provide a smoother ride during normal usage. eBay Motors offers a huge selection of all-season tires, with different models that lean toward performance, endurance, speed or a smoother ride. What they all share in common is the ability to provide traction in rain, snow and slush. Their versatility makes them a good option in places where harsh weather is a possibility, but the majority of driving is in better conditions.
Performance tires – often misleadingly called “summer tires” – are designed to provide maximum traction and good handling characteristics at high speed. They can also handle the higher temperatures created by pushing a tire to its limits on the racetrack. There’s a tradeoff, of course: Sticky performance tires may keep your car glued to the track, but they also wear faster and create drag that reduces fuel economy. They perform poorly in colder temperatures and do not handle snow and ice well. eBay Motors carries performance-oriented all-season tires that should suit the occasional track driver who needs everyday reliability.
If you love taking your truck or full-size SUV off the beaten path, you'll need heavy-duty tires that can handle roots, branches, rocks and anything else nature throws in your way. eBay Motors gives you the option to filter your search by vehicle make and model, rim size, aspect ratio and more. There are several different types of off-road tires, and the key deciding factor is what you plan on doing with your truck. While standard truck tires are stronger than passenger car tires, their treads are designed to provide a smooth, car-like ride with good highway driving characteristics. Towing tires have thick sidewalls to withstand the heat created by heavy loads, but are smooth and quiet on the highway. All-terrain tires incorporate larger, more aggressive tread blocks with bigger spaces between them to quickly clear built up mud and grit, but still run smoothly – if a little louder – on paved roads. There are also purpose-built tires for mud, sand or rock crawling that can chew up extreme terrain, but can create noise in your cabin when you drive on paved surfaces.
Run-flat tires allow you to keep driving even after sustaining a puncture. “RFTs” come standard on many vehicles now, and are designed to continue driving up to 50 miles after you run over a nail or other road debris. This feature means you don’t have to pull over in dangerous conditions like on the side of a busy highway. Instead, you can make your way to a body shop or your home garage to install a temporary tire or a new run-flat. A key difference between standard tires and run-flats is that you can’t patch or fix run flats—they must be replaced after a puncture. However, they enable you to drive with the peace of mind that a puncture won’t leave you stranded.
No matter what kind of tires you decide to swap onto your vehicle, eBay Motors lets you compare different brands and models to ensure you get the best tires for your budget. With so many varieties, many of which ship for free to your home or local installer, the Tire Shop at eBay Motors is the best place to outfit your vehicle and get the tires you need for every situation.